Keys' Cameron nears homer record

June 28, 1992|By Kent Baker

FREDERICK -- With nearly half a season remaining, Stanton Cameron is en route to a Frederick Keys record for career home runs.

The 6-foot-5 outfielder has broken the season record by hitting his 12th on Thursday night and is closing in on Ken Shamburg's career mark of 14.

Cameron, taken from the New York Mets in the Rule V draft last winter, has flashed power throughout his career, ranking fourth in the Single-A South Atlantic League with 15 homers two summers ago.

He leads the Keys in homers, RBI (37), walks (40, third in the Carolina League) and strikeouts (66). But his batting average has fallen to .229.

MISCELLANEOUS: The team unveiled a mascot named "Mr. Keynote" who will appear at selected games, especially on weekends. A contest is being held to give him a first name, with Francis Scott and Don among the suggestions. . . . T. R. Lewis has been a hot hitter since joining the Keys for the third time a month ago. He batted .346 in his first 81 at-bats with eight doubles, three homers and 12 RBI. . . . Terry Farrar continues to lead the league in complete games and innings pitched. He and teammate Alan Plaster (2.65) also rank near the top in ERA. . . . The Keys' theme song is available on videocassette at the gift shop in Grove Stadium. . . . Former Key Tony Beasley came back to beat the team with an 11th-inning home run for Salem. Beasley was the player to be named in the Tommy Shields trade.

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